A big explosion this morning at Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, JinShan, Shanghai Ambiguous timing since Shanghai and its economy have just been hit hard by the Zero covid policy in recent months.
Published on 18.6.2022
Huge clouds of black smoke rose over Shanghai from multiple fires at a chemical plant on Saturday that killed at least one Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. plant fire in the outlying district of Jinshan happened around 4 a.m.
SHANGHAI (AFP) – Huge clouds of black smoke rose above Shanghai on Saturday (June 18) following multiple fires at a chemical plant that killed at least one person, according to state media and videos of witnesses obtained by AFP.
One dead in the explosion of the Sinopec chemical plant in Shanghai.
The fire at the Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. plant in the outlying district of Jinshan broke out around 4 a.m. but was brought under control later that morning, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Aerial drone footage shared by a resident with AFP shows thick clouds of smoke hanging over a large industrial area as three fires flare up in separate locations, turning the sky black.
“The fire at the scene has been effectively contained and a protective burn is currently underway,” Xinhua reported.
“Based on our initial understanding, the fire has already caused one fatality.”
The blaze broke out as Shanghai, China’s industrial powerhouse and most populous city, cautiously resumes operations after being locked down for about two months to counter an outbreak of the coronavirus caused by the Omicron variant.
Although the lockdown was officially lifted in early June, the blockage of supply chains and the closure of factories continue to have a heavy impact on the global economy.
According to local media, an explosion occurred early in the morning at the petrochemical plant and was heard by residents up to six kilometers away.
Videos on social media showed a large cloud of fire and ash rising upwards.
“The whole area is completely incinerated,” a shocked resident could be heard saying in the background of a video.
The refinery is very close to the waterfront in southern Shanghai, as well as a wetland park. The Shanghai Fire Department said on Weibo that it dispatched more than 500 people immediately after the incident at around 4:28 a.m.
The Ministry of Emergency Management dispatched a group of experts to the scene, CCTV reported.
Reports did not indicate the possible cause of the fire.